Four Duggar daughters have sued local officials claiming they improperly released sensitive police investigation documents to a tabloid which then published the information and identified the girls as victims of sexual abuse at the hands of their brother.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Fayetteville.
Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy filed the suit against the city of Springdale, Arkansas over the 2015 police documents. According to the lawsuit, they are seeking relief and damages for invasion of privacy.
The sisters talked to police in December 2006 as part of an investigation into reports that their brother, Josh Duggar, had molested them and one other female in 2002 and 2003, the document states. The sisters said they spoke to police investigators and Child Services officials in 2006, only after they were assured that their statements would not be made public because they were minors at the time.
Messages left with representatives of the city, county and publishers of the magazine drew no responses Thursday.
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TMZ reports that the lawsuit hinges on the fact that the girls gave their testimony to officers while they were minors.
The girls say the explosive report caused them to be victimized all over again, as the family suffered much public scrutiny after Josh's actions came to light.
The four were among the "19 Kids and Counting" on the TLC reality show that chronicled the personal life of Arkansas parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. Josh was also forced to enter a rehab program. The Duggars told TMZ that they are suing as a means to protect all children who are victims of abuse.
In May 2015, In Touch Weekly sent a Freedom of Information Act request for the incident report after getting an anonymous tip.
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